The Great Kettlebell Swing Debate
Written by C.J. Martin

Quite a few folks following our Competition programming have been wondering whether kettlebell swings should be performed as American Swings, Russian Swings or a hybrid. I have procrastinated an answer for long enough, so here it comes . . .


(I know, the least satisfying answer ever . . . but almost always the most accurate and best.)

Let’s take a look at the traditional American and Russian swings first, and then talk about how to determine which of those is best for you,

What Does @ 30X0 Mean? – Why I Like Tempo Training
Written by C.J. Martin

Slow down . . . it might be your key to avoiding injury and getting stronger.

Tempo training is not just for bodybuilders.  Olympic caliber athletes from all over the world use tempo training to become stronger, faster and more powerful.  The benefits of tempo training have been touted for years by the likes of Bulgarian Olympians and their coaches to internationally renowned strength coaches Ian King and Charles Poliquin.  I was introduced to the benefits of tempo training by my coach and mentor,

An Almost Paleo Week
Written by George Economou and Sarah Murray

I say “almost paleo” because there are a few caveats. First, I use salt. Not a lot, but I do use it. I also use a little balsamic vinegar on my salad. If you want a completely paleo salad, you can substitute a little lemon juice and pepper for the vinegar. There are one or two other little “cheats” and I’ve annotated them as such in the recipes.

Sunday is a big food day. I think one of the keys to success with any lifestyle (I prefer to call it a lifestyle,

How Do YOU Read the Whiteboard
Written by C.J. Martin

There is perhaps nothing that has caused more historical controversy than interpreting written words. From religious texts to love letters, much blood has been spilled over disagreements as to the meaning and intent of writings. Indeed, I spent 5 good years as a lawyer essentially interpreting words and trying to persuade others to interpret them in a way that favored my clients. It’s part of what makes language so fun.

The “Workout of the Day” posted on the whiteboard each day doesn’t seem to require much interpretation.

Training on an Empty Stomach
Written by Calvin Sun

I am often asked if it is alright to train on an empty stomach. I think this is a common issue for anyone who needs to get to the gym early in the morning. Eating a breakfast of solid foods such as eggs, veggies, and maybe some fruit before a 6am workout can be difficult, if not impossible, for many people. You’ll have to be up early to prepare breakfast, eat, allow adequate time for digestion and get to the gym for your training session.